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A punk-inflected indie rock group whose bawling, thrashing sound reflected a wide range of influences ranging from the Pixies to Bright Eyes to Bruce Springsteen, Glen Rock, New Jersey's Titus Andronicus formed in 2005 with Liam Betson, Ian Graetzer, Eric Harm, Patrick Stickles, and Dan Tews. The band's debut full-length, The Airing of Grievances (which makes reference to a Seinfeld episode), was first released by Troubleman Unlimited in 2008, then picked up for wider distribution by XL Recordings in January 2009. For the band's impressive 2010 follow-up, The Monitor, Titus Andronicus beefed up the production value and enlisted the help of musicians from ten other indie acts, including members of the Hold Steady, Vivian Girls, and Ponytail. Two years later they returned with their third album, Local Business, a more personal album that found the band looking inward for inspiration.
Titus Andronicus is a punk/indie rock band from Glen Rock, New Jersey, USA, formed in 2005. The band is composed of singer/lyricist/guitarist Patrick Stickles, drummer Eric Harm, bassist Julian Veronesi, guitarist Adam Reich, and guitarist Jonah Maurer. The group takes its name from the Shakespeare play Titus Andronicus, and has cited musical and stylistic influences as diverse as Neutral Milk Hotel and Pulp.Titus Andronicus at Allmusic Lindsay, Cam. "Titus Andronicus • Interviews •". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
Titus Andronicus's first album, The Airing of Grievances, was released in April 2008 and was described as the sound of a "violent, overblown and irreverent" indie band in a positive review in Pitchfork. The band went on extensive tours of North America and Europe to promote the album through 2009 including a "Bring On The Dudes Tour" with friends The So So Glos and tours opening for Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and Lucero.
On March 9, 2010 the band released their sophomore album, The Monitor, through XL Recordings. A sprawling concept album loosely based on themes relating to the American Civil War, it was critically well received, and debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. That month, Rolling Stone named the band one of the seven best new bands of 2010. The band continued their extensive touring that included a tour of record stores, tours opening for The Pogues, Bright Eyes, and Okkervil River, plus appearances at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Lollapalooza, and Roskilde Festival. Titus Andronicus recorded a version of Nirvana's "Breed" for the tribute album Newermind at this time as well.
Their third album, Local Business, was released on October 23, 2012. A more stripped down record, Local Business was recorded live in the studio with almost no overdubs, creating an album that was "plug-in-and-play" ready, helping the band sound as close as possible to the album when playing live. It was listed at #38 on Rolling Stone 's 50 Best Albums of 2012, reached #105 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and gained positive reviews as well as a 7.0 from Pitchfork. Touring for the album included an expansive headlining tour with opener Ceremony, a co-headlining trek of the United Kingdom with Fucked Up, and another tour with The So So Glos dubbed the "Bring Back The Dudes Tour."
The band has announced their fourth album, The Most Lamentable Tragedy, scheduled for release on July 28, 2015 via Merge Records. Taking the form of a 93-minute, 29-song rock opera, the album also features covers of Daniel Johnston's "I Lost My Mind" and The Pogues' "A Pair of Brown Eyes". Stickles described it as a "complicated metaphor about manic depression, melding elements of philosophy, psychology, and science fiction through the plight of one troubled protagonist’s inner demons." Stickles also announced an accompanying film element, consisting of a series of music videos.
Titus Andronicus has performed live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Last Call with Carson Daly twice. Their song "Titus Andronicus" was used in an episode of the TV show "Elementary" entitled "The Adventure of the Nutmeg Concoction". Their song "Titus Andronicus Forever" was featured in the TV show Bored to Death and the film Premium Rush.Album Reviews, Pitchfork Magazine, April 2008 http://www.last.fm/music/Titus+Andronicus/+events. Missing or empty |title= (help) http://www.metacritic.com/music/the-monitor/titus-andronicus. Missing or empty |title= (help) "Heatseeking Albums: week of March 27, 2012". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-11-13. Rolling Stone (2010-03-17). "Best New Bands of 2010: Free Energy, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Five More | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-13. http://www.last.fm/music/Titus+Andronicus/+events. Missing or empty |title= (help) Cohen, Ian. "Titus Andronicus Local Business". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 April 2013. "LOCAL BUSINESS: THE NEW TITUS ANDRONICUS LP". Titus Andronicus. XL Recordings. Retrieved 22 April 2013. "50 Best Albums of 2012: Titus Andronicus - Local Business". RollingStone.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30. Allmusic http://www.allmusic.com/artist/titus-andronicus-mn0001011840/awards. Retrieved 1 May 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help) Cohen, Ian. "Titus Andronicus Local Business". Pitchfork. Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 April 2013. http://www.last.fm/music/Titus+Andronicus/+events. Missing or empty |title= (help) Jeremy Gordon, "Titus Andronicus Announce New Album The Most Lamentable Tragedy, Share 'Dimed Out' Lyric Video," Pitchfork, April 30, 2015. Roffman, Michael (3 September 2013). "Titus Andronicus’ new album will be a 30-track rock opera about manic depression". Encyclopedia of Things. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 21 January 2014. http://pitchfork.com/news/39673-watch-titus-andronicus-crash-fallon/. Missing or empty |title= (help) http://theaudioperv.com/2012/12/09/titus-andronicus-in-a-big-city-still-life-with-hot-deuce-and-silver-platter-123-last-call/. Missing or empty |title= (help) "The song in this scene is "Titus Andronicus" by a band of the same name.". Elementary Writers Twitter account. Dec 11, 2014. Retrieved Dec 12, 2014. http://www.hbo.com/bored-to-death/episodes/2/14-the-case-of-the-grievous-clerical-error/music.html#/. Missing or empty |title= (help) http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4019778/. Missing or empty |title= (help)